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Gay Military Homecoming, Proposal Features in New Short UK Film for Marriage Equality: VIDEO


An independent short film called "Homecoming", from the Coalition for Equal Marriage is the first of its kind to rally support through social media, ahead of the government's plans to redefine UK civil marriage to include same-sex couples.

Watch it and a behind-the-scenes film, AFTER THE JUMP...

BuonaiutoThe filmmakers tell us:

Produced by award winning young filmmaker, Mike Buonaiuto (pictured, right), the short film shows British forces returning home to greet their loved ones, with the reunion of one soldier and his partner soon turning into a surprise marriage proposal. The film looks to tackle the opposition head on, arguing if all have the right to serve in British military regardless of sexuality, then all should be able celebrate their love and commitment with civil marriage, free from discrimination.

"One day I would like to marry my partner of almost 5 years," said Director Mike Buonaiuto. "And the celebration of our commitment should mean no more or less than any other straight couple. I made the film to promote change and also inspire others to use their creativity to support equality."

3_c4emThe film stars James Knight, from London’s West End (Mamma Mia) and Lew Smart.

Added Buonaiuto:

“What do you do when the government says they are going to change the marriage laws in the UK? Those against the idea will of course go to any lengths to let David Cameron know how they feel, while many who support the idea sit back and do nothing, and why shouldn’t they? The government has made the commitment to change. However, I would argue that if enough support isn’t shown for the consultation then who knows what will happen. The apathy within the communities that support the equalization of civil marriage is the single driving factor for making the film and why hundreds of talented professionals have helped us for free. The film is there to make audiences feel something about the issue, because when people feel something they do something about it.  They don’t sit back. They don’t do nothing. They share, they support and they take notice."

Watch it and a behind-the-scenes film, AFTER THE JUMP...


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  1. That was super sweet.

    Posted by: Mickey | Apr 25, 2012 8:50:56 AM

  2. Beautiful. Thanks for posting this.

    Posted by: enough already | Apr 25, 2012 8:53:54 AM

  3. God I'm soppy...... How can you not smile?

    Posted by: Michaelandfred | Apr 25, 2012 9:25:09 AM

  4. maybe the concept would read as trite, but i would have far rather used the element of cognitive dissonance to suggest an opposite sex reunion only to have him pass the female and move into the arms of his intended husband. that unexpected shift would make the point more graphically. i found this surprising bland.

    Posted by: bandanajack | Apr 25, 2012 9:25:58 AM

  5. Truly beautiful!

    Posted by: Madcitymike | Apr 25, 2012 9:41:12 AM

  6. Very powerful, beautiful and important video.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Apr 25, 2012 9:43:15 AM

  7. @bandanajack, i completely disagree. the use of the straight beautiful girl coming up to cute guy is the cognitive dissonance. But seeing her go to another man in a natural loving way emphasises the right the gay couple has to to do the same. his look of longing towards the married couple is the need for equality. all of this is highlighted by the proposal and the message all men can be husbands. It shouldnt be gay vs straight, it should be gay and straight together.

    Posted by: DRG | Apr 25, 2012 10:23:18 AM

  8. NICE!

    Posted by: Fred | Apr 25, 2012 11:27:22 AM

  9. It's a shame that this message has to be conveyed via a soldier returning from war. It seems that the gay movement wants to portray gay men solely as hyper-masculine nowadays to appeal to the masses. I think we've got our priorities twisted.

    Posted by: ZineLondon | Apr 25, 2012 11:42:01 AM

  10. Pity they could not find a real gay soldier and his partner.

    Posted by: Angus | Apr 25, 2012 1:40:58 PM

  11. Why did the military transport plane land in a park? That was a distracting odd note to an otherwise nice ad.

    Posted by: Justin | Apr 25, 2012 2:35:31 PM

  12. Loved it, I just wish the others, shown in the beginning, would have been on set, looking on with happiness, in the pullback shot at the end!

    Using a soldier isn't some twisted way of portraying gay men as hyper-masculine, it's a way of conceptualizing the slogan "all men can be heros. All men can be husbands." If you only watch this thru pink lenses, you're missing the entire point, and the fact that the gay community isn't the target demographic for this piece. Sheesh.

    Posted by: jim | Apr 25, 2012 2:44:39 PM

  13. @Jim

    War time patriotism and heroic mythologizing of soldiers fell out of favor in most European countries after the World Wars. Why not view this through pink tinted glasses? This is a representation of gay people after all. Gay people may not be the demographic for this advert but why should we alter the portrayal of gay people in order to assimilate to the mainstream. Acceptance under the facade of gay soldiers is not acceptance. A real life story of gay people wanting to get married would be much more powerful than this advert which as good as the cause may be is essentially propaganda. We don't need to stoop to the level of our opponents.

    Posted by: ZineLondon | Apr 25, 2012 4:52:42 PM

  14. here come the waterworks

    Posted by: gomez | Apr 25, 2012 6:37:47 PM

  15. Damn, there are so many a-holes on this site that I don't even want to check the comments any more. This video is beautiful. Take your bitchy-ness elsewhere. Nothing is ever good enough. Please produce something better and we can talk... Silence.

    Posted by: John P. | Apr 25, 2012 9:19:41 PM

  16. Wonderful, just absolutely beautiful.... I have tears in my eyes.

    Posted by: Craig | Apr 25, 2012 9:45:01 PM

  17. the conflation of homoeroticism into the wider implications of imperialism will cost dearly on an international scale in the long run, as it should. this conflation is a grave mistake and will come back to haunt those who were too willing to root root root for the home team as long as they were finally allowed onto the playing field.

    Posted by: khan | Apr 26, 2012 12:52:47 AM

  18. amazing.

    Posted by: Daniel | Apr 26, 2012 1:15:58 AM

  19. amazing.

    Posted by: Daniel | Apr 26, 2012 1:16:00 AM

  20. Meh. Nothing new here.

    Posted by: jacob | Apr 26, 2012 7:04:17 AM

  21. Saw this the other day -- ain't it fine?

    Posted by: Michael in Toronto | Apr 26, 2012 4:36:25 PM

  22. Absolutely BEAUTIFUL - gave me chills - thank you!

    Posted by: Kay | Apr 28, 2012 10:36:11 AM

  23. WOW - moving

    Posted by: Jay | Apr 28, 2012 10:37:11 AM

  24. I like this. If it were a straight couple it would be called soppy, but I'm glad it was made. There is a genuine chemistry between the two guys, and that IS beautiful to see.

    Posted by: Tristram | Nov 5, 2012 10:35:14 AM

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